New Apple iPhone models expected to launch in June with iOS 7

5 Mar 2013

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As if rumours about eye-tracking capabilities on the Samsung Galaxy S IV weren’t enough, comes fresh speculation about Apple’s iPhone 5S emerging in June with fingerprint recognition.

The latest report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggests Apple will reveal not only a new iPhone 5S but also a lower cost iPhone alongside its iOS 7 operating system in June.

The new device are expected to ship in July.

According to Kuo the key differences between the iPhone 5 and the newer iPhone 5S will be a faster A7 processor, a new SmartFlash that uses white or yellow flash depending on the lighting conditions, and a fingerprint chip under the home button.

The new lower cost iPhone will resemble the iPhone 5 only it will come with a hybrid casing of fiberglass and plastic.

According to MacRumors.com, Kuo said: “We expect Apple will introduce its new iPhones and iOS7 in June, and start shipping the new iPhones (5S and low-cost model) in the FDD version in July.

“Both dates are earlier than last year’s roadmap. We attribute this to: (1) an effort to avoid repeating the fatal mistake of last year of the delayed iPhone 5 launch, which gave competitors room to grab market share; and (2) the new iPhones this year are mainly designed on the basis of the current iPhone 5, which suggests development time could be reduced,” Kuo said.

Editor John Kennedy is an award-winning technology journalist.

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